Haru Kimono by Alice Smith

Haru Kimono

February 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1356 - 2122 yards (1240 - 1940 m)
XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL] 4XL
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Sizes: Bust circumference - XS (S, M, L) XL, 2XL, 3XL 4XL
35.6 (39.6, 43.6, 46.3) 49, 51.6, 53 55.6”
90.8 (100.8, 110.9, 117.7) 124.5, 131.2, 134.6 141.4 cm
(Shown in photo size M with 38” bust size. Meant to be worn with approx. 3-6”/7.5-15cm positive ease.)

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn-
1240 (1380, 1520, 1610) 1700, 1800, 1850 1940 meters approx;
1360, (1510, 1660, 1770) 1870, 1970, 2020 2120 yards approx
Optional: CC : Lace Intarsia for back panel: 100m / 109 y (deduct CC from total yarn used to get MC total)

Feel free to experiment and substitute with the yarn of your choosing of equal weight. Merino, Alpaca and Silk Blends are recommended to get the drape and ease of the garment.

Suggested Needles: US 4 - 3.5mm in 30”/75cm circular needles, or longer

Gauge: 26 sts and 40 rows stockinette (3.5mm needle) unblocked &
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette (3.5mm needle) blocked

Materials: fingering weight yarn, knitting needles, 12 stitch markers (4 clipping), scrap/waste yarn, darning needle, optional : glass beads size 6/0 & 1mm crochet hook (sample uses 50 side panel beads, 54 back border bead and 8 back center lace beads).

Skills: knit, purl, yo, pass slipped stitch over, knitting through backloop, increase (pfb, kfb, m1L, m1R), decrease (ssk, k2tog, p2tog, ssptbl, k3tog, sssk), back loop cast on, provisional cast on, reading lace charts, sewn bind off, picking up stitches, Japanese short rows, Knitting at the same time repeats.

Construction: Haru is a top down construction in which the whole pattern is knitted flat and sewn together as you go. This is not a classically designed piece and it will make you think out of the box. This was really a passion piece for me to see the limits of my skills (knitting and designing) and how to create what i had envisioned. You start with the the one side of the collar cast on the rest of the front of the kimono including the full sleeve. Followed by the second half of the front in the same manner. You then pick up the stitches for the entire back and sleeves and work them flat. Joining front and back of the sleeves with an invisible seam with bit of lace detail in the center that will be continued throughout the body. Finishing with a edge/hem bind off in the same ribbing pattern.

Pattern Notes: For this pattern I have included instructions for intermediate knitters as well, they will be placed in a pink font throughout the patten for the more challenging portions of the pattern. This will also offer knitters a choice to try new techniques or just stay within their comfort zones.